TVS to launch Qube hybrid and Victor 125cc
TVS motor company plans to launch four new products in this year in the country which include two motorcycles and two scooters.Of the two new motorcycles,one will be launched in June 2012.It will feature an 125cc engine mated to a 4 speed gear box and also holds many new goodies.The refined mature design and the comfortable riding position of the bike will make it well suit to urban road conditions.Specifically tailor made for the everyday rider, this bike is feature packed and will provide an exciting riding experience and a modern styling.The company also plans to launch a 125cc scooter in December 2012, which will deliver high fuel efficiency in typical city riding conditions.
The commercial launch of the company’s hybrid scooter Qube will be in 2013 and before that the company plans to test market 200 scooters.Qube will be powered by a 100cc four-stroke engine and an electric hub motor.The rider has the option to choose from a range of modes, depending on his or her requirement. This hybrid system charges the battery (lithium ion) when the brakes are applied and utilizes this power whenever required, therefore making the most efficient use of the energy available. In addition, this two-wheeler conserves energy when the vehicle halts at a traffic signal or is in standstill condition by halting the power source.
The scooter also comes with the additional option of electric only with zero fuel (petrol) consumption and zero emissions and can be used for short trips. There is also an engine only mode, which can be used when the battery charge is very low. The TVS Hybrid Scooter also has the options of Hybrid Economy Mode and Hybrid Power Mode. In the economy mode, the engine and electric motor run as per the programmed strategy while in the power mode, both engine and electric engage together for better acceleration.
This green technology delivers significant emission reduction and improved fuel economy in city traffic driving with 35 % reduction in CO2 emission, 30% HC + NOx reduction and an increase of 35% in fuel economy. The TVS Hybrid Scooter is therefore expected to deliver a fuel economy of around 70 kilometers in typical city riding conditions.This product is proof of TVS Motor Company’s unwavering commitment to development of green technologies that will lead to substantial reduction in CO2 levels.